Last season saw Tottenham’s Harry Kane cement himself as a legitimate star, netting 25 goals in the Premier League, enough to earn him the golden boot. He was the first Englishman to scoop the accolade since Kevin Phillips back in 2000. Not even England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney had earned the prestigious gong in his 14 attempts.
England’s new golden boy had arrived.
Even starlets of yesteryear have heaped praise on Kane with Alan Shearer saying that Real Madrid should pay any amount of money for the 23-year-old given his abundance of skill and talent.
Kane was the driving force behind Tottenham’s title push last season. His impressive tally was only two short of Aston Villa’s total goals scored for the entire season and if it wasn’t for Leicester’s remarkable title tale it is hard to imagine many players would have been more deserving than Kane to take the PFA Player of the Year award.
Despite a stellar season, Kane had a number of below par performances at Euro 2016 and his poor form continued at the start of the Premier League season, with the striker going goalless in his first three games. Not a scary stat but the player looked tired, lacking creativity and generally bereft of life.
But as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait.
And it was against Stoke that Kane netted his first of the season, quickly followed by his second in a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the next game. However, Kane was ruled out for 6 weeks with an ankle injury after the latter fixture.
Tottenham lay 3rd in the table with 11 points, four points behind Manchester City.
Fast forward to Harry Kane’s return against Arsenal and Spurs had drawn three of their five games scoring 6 goals. Kane made a successful comeback in the North London Derby, netting a second half penalty in a 1-1 draw. With a restful international break behind him, the return of last seasons Harry Kane came to fruition with two late goals securing a dramatic comeback for Spurs against West Ham at the weekend.
Three goals in a single game is the most that Tottenham have managed this season and Kane’s influence obviously played a major role. He has now scored in four consecutive Premier League Games. The heroics that were needed to take Tottenham across the line against West Ham seemed to be the missing factor for Spurs in his absence.
Now lying 5th in the table, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still undefeated in the league, the only side to boast this stat. They also have the best defence in the league, conceding just eight goals in twelve games. It seems that Tottenham had most of the pieces of the puzzle required to be right at the very top of the table but in Kane’s absence the side have been short of goals. They may have the 5th best attack in the league with 18 goals but are some way off 4th best – Arsenal with 25.
Yet with their star striker back, Spurs may just be capable of catapulting themselves to the top spot. Given the unpredictable nature of this season so far, there will certainly be many chances for the side to close the four point gap on Chelsea. They have already shown that they can take points from the big game, after schooling Manchester City in a 2-0 win in early October and earning draws against Liverpool and Arsenal.
They will face both Manchester United and league leaders Chelsea in two of their next three games. Both will be crunch ties for Spurs but with their main man leading the line, maybe Tottenham can throw yet another spanner into the works in an already intriguing title race.